With three competitions taking place in the coming days, local basketball is slated to be especially busy.
Taking the focus is the 2011 national men’s league, put on by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association. The competition is officially into the second half of its season after its first pair of match nights this Tuesday and Thursday.
Tuesday turned out to be especially eventful at the University College of the Cayman Islands. Chad Leslie hit the game-winning shot for the Heat to secure their first victory of the season over the Esso Blazers. Leslie (10 points, 11 rebounds, three steals) capped off a furious last two minutes that featured a four point play by Esso’s Eric McField (23 points, seven rebounds, four assists).
Meanwhile team Philippines lost their second straight game, falling to the Wolves 88-71. Philippines, who went from first place to third place in the span of a week, had sterling efforts from Chris Lucas (27 points, nine rebounds) and John Paul Azul (15 points and an incredible 22 assists). Leading the way for the defending champions were Gary ‘Butcher’ McLaughlin and Dwight O’Garro as the pair combined for 42 points, 10 rebounds and four steals.
Heading into yesterday’s matches at Camana Bay, the division one standings saw the Wolves in first place at 6-1, the Dominos Warriors second at 6-1 (their only loss came to the Wolves), team Philippines third at 5-2 and the V-Cool Watersports Silver Bullets fourth at 2-4. In spite of the loss Esso remained in fifth at 2-4 with the Tarheels and Heat lingering behind at 1-5.
Division two of the men’s league is also ongoing with matches on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays. The next contest on the schedule features the Ritz Carlton Lions taking on the Personnel Warriors on Sunday at the Arts and Recreation Centre at 4pm. Heading into this week Ritz Carlton were second with one loss while the Warriors were hanging on to fourth place.
In the mix is the PricewaterhouseCoopers Under-16 Basketball League. Due to a rain-out last weekend, the league will feature a pair of match-days. The boys division is first up with games starting from 5pm on Friday 29 April at the basketball association court on Eastern Avenue. This Saturday 30 April sees the normal slate of games from 4pm at the association court.